Help, my ears are ringing

Seeking solutions for Tinnitus

Tinnitus, the medical term for that sensation of ringing in your ears, affects over 45 million Americans, so you’re not alone. Sometimes it really bothers you … other times it passes quickly, but leaving it untreated can put a strain on your well-being.

The truth is, tinnitus can lead to stress, concentration problems, sleeplessness, social isolation and depression. But there’s good news: There are things that can be done to address the ringing in your ears. Consulting a hearing care provider can help put you on the path for treatment.

What to expect at your first hearing care provider appointment

While there is no standard procedure for the diagnosis or management of tinnitus, you can expect to go through a few basic steps in your assessment that include:

  1. Tinnitus assessment via a questionnaire
  2. Tinnitus analysis and hearing test
  3. Explanation of your individual results of step 1 and 2
  4. Explanation of which products or treatments are recommended for your unique tinnitus
  5. Counseling and goal setting

Don't be concerned by the hearing test — most people with chronic tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss, often very mild and barely noticeable. This is why a hearing test is typically part of the tinnitus assessment.

What is Tinnitus Sound Therapy?

One of the most well-known treatment plans for tinnitus is sound therapy. By providing additional sounds for the ears to focus on, your tinnitus becomes less noticeable. The aim of this type of tinnitus management is to help you focus less on your tinnitus, providing you with relief. The ultimate goal is to teach your brain to reclassify tinnitus noise as an unimportant sound that blends into the background.

Just like no two people will have the same tinnitus issues, your treatment may vary from that of a friend or relative since there are many different treatment paths. Your hearing care provider will find the right path for you – our hearing care provider finder — can help you find someone to help you navigate your way to a tinnitus solution.

Read real-life accounts of relief from tinnitus using different approaches.

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They can provide more information about hearing health, have your hearing checked and go over your options.

 

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Resources

1. Hear.it.org. February 25, 2019 news release.
2. JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery. January 2019 article.
3. “Hearing Loss and Falls Among Older Adults in the United States” Frank Lin, M.D. Ph.D., Luigi Ferrucci, M.D., Ph.D. Archive of Internal Medicine 2012
4. Hearing Loss and Cognitive Decline in Older Adults. Lin, Frank MD PhD et al. JAMA Internal Medicine 2013. JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(4):293-299. Published online January 21, 2013. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.1868